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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finally got the news

Survey shows Obama's global popularity declining
By Sunil Freeman
June 27, 2012

President Obama's international popularity has declined sharply, due largely to opposition to U.S. drone attacks which have killed hundreds of civilians. The findings come in 2012 Pew Global Attitudes, a report released June 13. In 17 of 20 countries surveyed more than half the respondents opposed U.S. drone attacks in countries such as Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia.

A report released with the survey data noted, "There remains a widespread perception that the United States acts unilaterally and does not consider the interests of other countries." Obama's approval rating, 25 percent, was particularly low in predominantly Muslim countries. A 2004 study commissioned by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reached similar conclusions: "Muslims do not 'hate our freedoms,' but rather they hate our policies."

Drone policies were not the only issue driving Obama's low global popularity. In a 2009 survey 56 percent thought he would take significant steps to lessen climate change. The 2012 survey shows that just 22 percent say he has done so.

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